Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cahill and Vardy Tell Southgate Not to Pick Them Again

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cahill and Vardy Tell Southgate Not to Pick Them Again

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JAMIE Vardy and Gary Cahill have both effectively called time on their international careers after helping England reach the World Cup semifinals.

With Gareth Southgate naming his first squad since the finals tomorrow, two of the more experienced members of the group in Russia have clarified their future.

Non-league player turned England striker Vardy has decided to all-but retire from the national team after scoring seven goals in 26 appearances, while ex-Bolton defender Cahill is stepping back after representing England on 61 occasions.

"In terms of my international future I think it is time I take a step back," Cahill told Chelsea TV.

"Now I feel is the right moment to do that, I feel hugely proud of what I have achieved in terms of over 60 caps, I have captained my country on a few occasions which is a huge honour. …

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